Arkansas' Power Women December 2019

Arkansas’ Power Women 2019 – Tracie J. Kelley


Tracie J. Kelley

Tracie J. Kelley
President & CEO of KellCo Custom Homes, KellCo Real Estate and Energy Air Inc.


What attracted you to your career?

I have a fierce passion for helping others which is the driving force allowing for me to provide such a dynamic approach to serving my clients in every venture I set. I’ve set the bar high for myself and work daily to exceed my clients’ expectations. 


How did you get started in your field?

Having a family background in the Real Estate and construction industry inspired me at an early age. I started as a one-woman, home based operation, which launched in 1994. Today, I have grown to a collaborative team of  over 35 individuals devoted to providing an unwavering commitment of exceptional services within all aspects of my corporations.


How did your education prepare you for professional life?

My extensive educational background and professional licenses help equip me for the demands of today and are fueled by the lessons of my upbringing. Maintaining a strong will to push forward and staying focused on the individual needs of my clients certainly wasn’t learned in any textbook, but by great work ethics and self discipline which has resulted in over 25 years of industry experience and success. I’ve been surrounded and loved by  a multitude of intelligent and powerful people who have taught me so much. It truly takes a village and I am surrounded by the very best.  


What advice would you give to a young woman starting her career?

A praying woman is a powerful woman! With the many hiccups and challenges along your journey, learn to face them, grow from them, and use them to your full advantage! We can go through life taking half-steps and holding our breath, or we can choose to lean into the complete fullness of who we were made to be.  


How do you maintain a work/life balance?

I take time to make time! I put aside my phones and gadgets and embrace my family. I accept that I cannot be all things to all people. Through all my life’s highlights and successes, my education, entrepreneurships and competitive fitness career, the bond that I share with my family stands alone. With four active boys there is never a dull nor quiet moment and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. 


What accomplishments are you most proud of?

Personally, raising and teaching our four sons to be faithful to God for whom we serve, to be kind, loving, independent and honest young men, I am most proud of.  They inspire me in every part of my life. On a professional note, my accomplishments are virtually endless; I am powerfully driven to provide the best in customer service with integrity and much passion. I am truly blessed to have accomplished so much and for being entrusted with the many opportunities given.

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